Cricket: White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen welcomes review after disappointing results

While Blackcaps coach Gary Stead is riding high, his White Ferns counterpart accepts scrutiny of her position is valid, after another early exit from a global tournament.

Haidee Tiffen remains committed to the team, but welcomes an independent review into what went wrong at the women's T20 World Cup in the West Indies.

Another early arrival home for the White Ferns and the looks on the players' faces said it all, after the below-par performance in the Caribbean.

"I think the whole team - support staff and players - are really disappointed," Tiffen told Newshub.

"We wanted to progress further in the tournament, but that wasn't meant to be for us."

Captain Amy Satterthwaite agreed with her coach's assessment.

"I don't think it was batting or bowling that let us down," Satterthwaite said. "Unfortunately, I think it was every area that we weren't up to speed with." 

After missing the semi-finals at last year's 50-over World Cup, defeats to India and Australia ended the White Ferns' World T20 campaign before it even started

Tiffen's role was left under the spotlight

"It's a valid question around the coaching staff and, in particular, me, but I'm committed to the team," Tiffen said.

White Ferns skipper Amy Satterthwaite.
White Ferns skipper Amy Satterthwaite. Photo credit: Photosport

Tiffen's contract expires at the end of the home summer and her fate could rest on the outcome of an independent review of the team's performance in the Caribbean

"I welcome that," Tiffen said. "I'm always someone who's open to learning and how we can actually improve this team moving forward."

The form of top-order star Satterthwaite has gone backwards, but she's adamant it has nothing to do with taking over the captaincy.

"No, I don't think so," Satterthwaite told Newshub.

"If I'm honest, I haven't performed with the bat as I'd like for the last 12 months now."

She took over from Suzie Bates, who stood down citing tensions with Tiffen, but despite the sub-par results, all's well within the team, according to the coach.

"Culturally, we're a happy team," Tiffen said.

A comment was backed up by her skipper.

"It's a real strength and sort of brings us together, so I think we're in a really good place from that point of view," Sattherwaite noted.

New Zealand Cricket will decide on Tiffen's future before the end of the year.


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